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Youths face serious charges

Mar 5, 2010, 9:51 AM | Article By: Sainey MK Marenah

Three youths were yesterday indicted by state prosecutors at the Attorney-General's Chambers and arraigned before Justice Moses Richards of the Special Criminal Court of the High Court in Banjul.

Messrs Babou Jobe, Modou Lamin Ceesay and Saikou Darboe are charged with five counts of robbery, assault causing grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to rob and impersonating a public officer.

However, the third accused person Saikou Darboe was not in court at yesterday's hearing.

According to the particulars of offence, on count one, the accused persons, Babou Jobe and Modou Lamin Ceesay, on 1 September 2008, at around Methodist Academy in the Kanifing Municipality with actual violence robbed one Yassin Nyang of a bag containing D18, 000.

Count two stated that the first and second accused persons, on 1 September 2008, at Old Jeshwang, stole various items including a suitcase, cheque book, and a bag containing D18, 000 belonging to Tunde Akintade and Yassin Nyang.

Count three alleged that the first and second accused persons, on the same date at Methodist Academy, unlawfully caused grievous bodily harm to Yassin Nyang.

Count four stated that Babou Jobe, Modou Lamin Ceesay and Saikou Darboe, on 1st September 2008, conspired to rob, while count five revealed that the first and second accused persons, at the same place and date, falsely represented themselves as National Drug Enforcement Officers and consequently searched the house of Tunde Akindade by virtue of such employment.

Justice Richard adjourned the case to 23 March 2010 so as to bring the third accused person, who was not in court, and for plea-taking.

Lawyer Assan Martin is representing the three accused persons.